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5 Miami Dolphins under pressure vs. Oakland Raiders

The Dolphins are attempting to move to 3-0 for the first time since 2013 by beating the Raiders at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday. The Raiders beat the Dolphins 27-24 in Miami last season despite Jay Cutler’s 311 yards and three touchdowns. Here are five Dolphins under pressure in Sunday’s game: 1) S Minkah Fitzpatrick — Last year, Raiders tight end Jared Cook abused Miami...
Competitive culture: On Adam Gase’s Dolphins, no player entitled to start, or dress, any given week

Competitive culture: On Adam Gase’s Dolphins, no player entitled to start, or dress, any given week

When the Dolphins start a new week of practice, coach Adam Gase generally has a good idea of the players who will end up inactive the following Sunday. But in no way is it etched in stone. In fact, players have been been “up” or “down” as coaches and players say, based on their practice performance on offense, defense, or often most importantly, special teams. &ldquo...
A conversation with Dolphins DE Cameron Wake about learning, teaching and being unhappy

A conversation with Dolphins DE Cameron Wake about learning, teaching and being unhappy

Whenever Cameron Wake flashes a smile, it always seems like it’s escaping from him. He’d prefer to maintain the image of the bad, brooding defensive end who exists only to demolish opposing quarterbacks. He rarely seems less happy, by the way, than when he does his weekly media availability. Or media obligation, as Wake puts it. When told Friday — jokingly — that it’s...
Dolphins begrudgingly admire Marshawn Lynch’s powerful running style

Dolphins begrudgingly admire Marshawn Lynch’s powerful running style

Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke has trouble getting himself in the right frame of mind to give Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch his due. The nature of his job makes it hard to think of Lynch as anything other than a problem he must deal with in Sunday’s game. But if he steps back for a moment, it seems like Lynch would be one of his favorite players to watch.  “I respect...
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill keeps it safe, steady in revamped passing attack

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill keeps it safe, steady in revamped passing attack

There’s a fine line between complimenting and insulting Ryan Tannehill when it comes to discussing his role in the Dolphins’ thriving offense. Calling him proficient, for example, sounds nice. But saying he’s capable or competent starts veering into that “game manager” description most quarterbacks seem to hate.  The essence of what Miami’s done in the first...
Ex-Dwyer, FSU TE Nick O’Leary starts from bottom with Dolphins

Ex-Dwyer, FSU TE Nick O’Leary starts from bottom with Dolphins

One of the best Palm Beach County high school football players in recent history is getting a second chance with the Dolphins. Nick O’Leary, a tight end who played for Dwyer and Florida State, is attempting to climb his way up from Miami’s practice squad three years after being drafted in the sixth round. “It’s good to get going again, get on the field again and work your way...
Hard to find great pass rushers? Miami Dolphins have embarrassment of riches

Hard to find great pass rushers? Miami Dolphins have embarrassment of riches

Robert Quinn has 63.5 career sacks and so he knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a premier pass rusher in the NFL. “You’ve got power rushers, you’ve got speed rushers,” Quinn said. “You’ve got guys who love to use their hands. You know when you see it on tape.” Quinn mentions that Von Miller is the best pass rusher he’s seen. He agrees Khalil...
Dolphins S Maurice Smith back on roster after turbulent 3 weeks

Dolphins S Maurice Smith back on roster after turbulent 3 weeks

At any point in the last year or so, Dolphins safety Maurice Smith would’ve made the obligatory statements about how the NFL is a business and nothing is guaranteed. Now he knows firsthand how true those things are. Smith clawed his way onto Miami’s roster as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and stayed with the team the entire season, then believed he’d made the cut once again at...
Jerome Baker inspired by Cam Wake’s powerful message to rookies

Jerome Baker inspired by Cam Wake’s powerful message to rookies

Jerome Baker is one of the happiest guys you’d ever want to meet. He is a perpetual bundle of positive energy. Here is a Friday conversation with the Miami Dolphins rookie linebacker: Post: If you had a party in your backyard, what artist or band do you want there? Baker: Drake. He brings something different. And I’m going to the show later tonight in Miami. Everybody knows his songs....
Miami Dolphins RB Frank Gore trained as boxer in 2018 offseason

Miami Dolphins RB Frank Gore trained as boxer in 2018 offseason

It takes creativity to find ways to keep in shape this late in a career without putting on unnecessary mileage, and Dolphins running back Frank Gore went into the recent offseason trying to find exercise that required minimal exertion on his legs. He settled on boxing. Gore, a 14-year veteran who is surely headed to the Hall of Fame, spent his summer in the ring and took to the sport quickly. &ldquo...
What Dolphins coach Adam Gase just said, Friday before Raiders game

What Dolphins coach Adam Gase just said, Friday before Raiders game

Here are some things Adam Gase said Friday, two days before Miami tries to go to 3-0 by defeating the Oakland Raiders: • Reshad Jones is doing a little bit more each day. There is a good chance he’ll be able to go. • DeVante Parker is in good shape. • I like that we’re getting so many guys touches. • It’s a good problem to have so many running backs and wide receivers...
Miami Dolphins’ position groups of concern vs. Oakland Raiders

Miami Dolphins’ position groups of concern vs. Oakland Raiders

As much as the Raiders look like they’re spiraling and the Dolphins are surging to start the season, Miami rarely has an easy one. It’d be surprising to see Sunday’s home game against Oakland be anything other than a tight game. It’s one the Dolphins can’t afford to lose, though, if they’re going to contend for a playoff spot this year. Good teams win these...
Miami Dolphins practice report: Updates on DeVante Parker, Reshad Jones

Miami Dolphins practice report: Updates on DeVante Parker, Reshad Jones

The Dolphins held their final practice of the week, a walk-through, this morning in preparation for Sunday’s home game against the Raiders. The biggest question remains whether wide receiver DeVante Parker will make his season debut. Here are some updates from today’s practice: -- Parker appeared to be a full participant, as he has been all week. He ran routes with the rest of the receivers...
Kiko Alonso returns to destructive, disruptive ways; leads neophyte Dolphins linebackers

Kiko Alonso returns to destructive, disruptive ways; leads neophyte Dolphins linebackers

Dolphins coach Adam Gase mentioned on Thursday that outside linebacker Kiko Alonso has been involved in defensive play-calling. Through two games this season, it is clear that Alonso has re-established himself as a tenacious, walloping force, but also that he has emerged as the trusted leader for Miami’s youthful linebackers. “The responsibility is getting them the call so everyone can...
This is the smooth, dependable Laremy Tunsil the Miami Dolphins chose as building block

This is the smooth, dependable Laremy Tunsil the Miami Dolphins chose as building block

Laremy Tunsil is saying over and over again that it’s about being there for the team, the offensive line and his coaches. “I’m going to keep saying the same thing over and over,” Tunsil said Thursday. What Tunsil has put on tape over and over this season are consistently good reps. Tunsil is fully living up to his status as a first-round Miami Dolphins offensive tackle. &ldquo...
What Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said Thursday

What Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said Thursday

Here is some of what Dowell Loggains said Thursday: • Laremy Tunsil is really strong in pass pro. • There is going to come a time in the NFL when you’re going to have to throw it 45 times to win a game. [RELATED STORY: The Tape Don’t Lie: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets, a review] • Separation is an area Mike Gesicki has to improve on. • Ted Larsen did a &ldquo...
What Miami Dolphins coaches are telling frustrated DE Charles Harris

What Miami Dolphins coaches are telling frustrated DE Charles Harris

Charles Harris has two sacks in 18 NFL games and he is fully aware. “I think he gets frustrated sometimes,” Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke said Thursday. “He hasn’t had as many of the positive results — end results — statistically. He’s had a lot of pressures for us and affected plays but he just hasn’t had that putting up sack numbers...
Mystery of Dolphins WR DeVante Parker lingers: Will 2018 be his year?

Mystery of Dolphins WR DeVante Parker lingers: Will 2018 be his year?

With the Dolphins’ offense off to a strong start and coach Adam Gase enjoying the creativity and flexibility of moving his passing targets all over the field, it’s unclear exactly how wide receiver DeVante Parker will fit in once he returns from a broken finger. Gase is continuing to assess whether Parker will make his season debut in Sunday’s home game against the Raiders, though...
Miami Dolphins defensive updates from DC Matt Burke (Raiders week)

Miami Dolphins defensive updates from DC Matt Burke (Raiders week)

The Dolphins’ defense already looks decisively better than it did last year, and their defensive line hasn’t even started rolling yet. Miami goes into Sunday’s game against the Raiders ranking in the top 10 in the NFL in fewest points allowed and takeaways. Here are some updates from defensive coordinator Matt Burke after today’s practice: -- He regretted not playing rookie...
Dolphins LB Raekwon McMillan wary of Raiders’ offense despite struggles

Dolphins LB Raekwon McMillan wary of Raiders’ offense despite struggles

The Raiders come into Sunday’s game against the Dolphins with a bottom-five scoring offense, but they’ve got the weapons to bust that slump at any time. Oakland quarterback Derek Carr has made three straight Pro Bowls and opened this season by completing 80.6 percent of his passes, and running back Marshawn Lynch is coming off a year of nearly 900 yards rushing. “They like feeding...
How DeVante Parker’s finger injury feels three days before Raiders game

How DeVante Parker’s finger injury feels three days before Raiders game

DeVante Parker has had an extra week to allow a broken finger on his right hand to heal, and he says it’s feeling much better. “It does, actually,” Parker said Thursday. “Big difference.” Parker spoke with Dolphins coach Adam Gase about why he was held out of last week’s game, despite feeling he was ready to return. “He just told me it wouldn’t hurt...
What Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Thursday (Raiders week)

What Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Thursday (Raiders week)

The Dolphins are looking for their first 3-0 start in five years, and a win Sunday against the Raiders would make it the latest they’ve held sole possession of first place in the AFC East since 2005. Dolphins coach Adam Gase expected this all along coming into a season in which the rest of the country expected them to be one of the worst teams in the league. Here are Gase’s updates after...
Miami Dolphins practice report: Reshad Jones, DeVante Parker Thursday updates

Miami Dolphins practice report: Reshad Jones, DeVante Parker Thursday updates

The Dolphins practiced inside their bubble on Thursday afternoon, in preparation for Sunday’s home game against the Oakland Raiders. Safety Reshad Jones (shoulder) was suited up and went through some individual drills with teammates. Jones did not appear to be in visible pain or discomfort and was seen throwing a football with each hand. If Jones were to have some sort of a setback, the Dolphins...
Watch our Dolphins-Raiders Week 3 simulation on Madden 18

Watch our Dolphins-Raiders Week 3 simulation on Madden 18

This NFL season, we at the Post are making our predictions every week.  But it's another thing entirely to play the game out in advance. And that's precisely what we're doing each week.  And you get to watch.  Each week of the 2018 Dolphins season, we'll have Madden NFL 18 simulate that week's matchup, and you get to stream it live on twitch.tv and watch the archived footage after...
ChauxDown! Dolphins’ Davon Godchaux eats crawfish, gator and... raccoon

ChauxDown! Dolphins’ Davon Godchaux eats crawfish, gator and... raccoon

Davon Godchaux is wearing a ChauxDown T-Shirt, which is actually really nice (and available online) and he’s explaining that it’s about his foundation, which is to support healthy eating in children. So far, so good. “Growing up as a child, you always want to eat right to get to this level,” Godchaux, Miami’s second-year defensive tackle is explaining. ChauxDown is a...
TE Nick O’Leary of Palm Beach and Dwyer joins Miami Dolphins

TE Nick O’Leary of Palm Beach and Dwyer joins Miami Dolphins

Tight end Nick O’Leary of Palm Beach and Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens is joining the Miami Dolphins practice squad, according to a league source. O’Leary, who is the grandson of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus and was a standout at Florida State, last played for the Buffalo Bills. O’Leary was a sixth-round draft choice of Buffalo in 2015. O’Leary played 35 games over...
‘Hustle up, Tanny-hill’: The brief, awkward history between Ryan Tannehill, Jon Gruden

‘Hustle up, Tanny-hill’: The brief, awkward history between Ryan Tannehill, Jon Gruden

For three hours, between the practice field and the film room, Ryan Tannehill kept quiet while Jon Gruden repeatedly mispronounced his name. Tannehill was one of 10 quarterbacks invited to do a QB Camp episode with Gruden on ESPN leading up to the 2012 draft, and it opens with a shot of Gruden on the field barking, “Hustle back, ‘Tanny-hill,’ this ain’t no air-conditioned Combine...
All they do is win, win, win (Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill, with Adam Gase) 

All they do is win, win, win (Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill, with Adam Gase) 

With a hat tip to DJ Khaled and Ludacris and friends, all Adam Gase and Ryan Tannehill do is win. Together. Hands go up? Sure, like officials and fans, who more often than not are able to celebrate when Tannehill and Gase are on the same sideline, working together, on game days. Don’t believe me? Gase is 10-5 when Tannehill is under center. And 8-12 (including a playoff loss) when anyone else...
FitzMagic trademark: Dolphins’ Minkah Fitzpatrick says Ryan Fitzpatrick can have it

FitzMagic trademark: Dolphins’ Minkah Fitzpatrick says Ryan Fitzpatrick can have it

This wasn’t worth all the trouble. What began as a mostly trivial story about two NFL players sharing the same nickname — and last name — turned ugly for Dolphins rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick. After he and his family were badgered on Twitter for filing a trademark on FitzMagic, a moniker also used by Buccaneers backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, Minkah decided it was an unnecessary...
Dolphins coach Adam Gase expects S Reshad Jones to play vs. Raiders

Dolphins coach Adam Gase expects S Reshad Jones to play vs. Raiders

The Dolphins are working without Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones this week, but expect to have him back before Sunday’s home game against the Raiders. Jones appeared to hurt his shoulder making a key stop at the end of the second quarter in Sunday’s 20-12 victory over the Jets and missed the team’s first practice of the week today. Miami coach Adam Gase downplayed the injury and said...
What Jon Gruden of Oakland Raiders said about the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday

What Jon Gruden of Oakland Raiders said about the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday

Here are some things Oakland coach Jon Gruden said Wednesday: • Miami is playing extremely well up front. The addition of Robert Quinn is huge. It’s a supreme effort from that group. New energy. New energy. Scheme is good. • Matt Burke does an excellent job with their multiple looks on defense. • Seeing Ryan Tannehill back under center, they spread the field. Their running game...
What Adam Gase said Wednesday before Oakland game (Reshad Jones update)

What Adam Gase said Wednesday before Oakland game (Reshad Jones update)

Here is some of what Adam Gase said Wednesday before a home game against the Oakland Raiders: • Reshad Jones did not practice today. It’s day to day. We don’t know what day. He’s better than it was. It’s the shoulder he did not have surgery on. • We got jammed up on release at the tight end position. I wanted to jump into the drills and distract them a little bit...
Miami Dolphins practice report: Defense missing key player today

Miami Dolphins practice report: Defense missing key player today

There’s no cause for alarm yet, but the Miami Dolphins have an injury situation worth keeping an eye on as they prepare for the Oakland Raiders this week. Safety Reshad Jones was not on the field for today’s practice, though he is at the facility. Dolphins coach Adam Gase will address his status this afternoon. Jones appeared to hurt his right shoulder on a play at the end of the...
Miami Dolphins CB Xavien Howard turns up as dynamic, potent ball-hawk

Miami Dolphins CB Xavien Howard turns up as dynamic, potent ball-hawk

They want no part of Xavien Howard. They’ll throw left, they’ll throw middle, but right? Not if #25 is in the scope of the quarterback this season. Howard has emerged as the lockdown, shutdown, blanketing cornerback every team needs. In this case, it’s the Miami Dolphins. In Sunday’s defeat of the Jets, rookie quarterback Sam Darnold took his shot at Howard, in the end zone...
The Tape Don’t Lie: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets, a review

The Tape Don’t Lie: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets, a review

Dolphins coach Adam Gase says, “The tape don’t lie.” So each week, I’ll give the game tape a closer look. Here are some things I noticed after watching Miami’s 20-12 victory at the New York Jets, which moved Gase’s Dolphins to 2-0 for the first time. 1. It’s so clear now why Gase identified Albert Wilson as a player he had to have in free agency...
Dolphins plan to bring back S Maurice Smith from practice squad

Dolphins plan to bring back S Maurice Smith from practice squad

The Dolphins intend to fill their vacant roster spot by promoting practice squad safety Maurice Smith, a league source confirmed. Smith, who made the team as an undrafted rookie last year, helps Miami’s secondary and special teams. He was on the roster all of the 2017 season and appeared in five games and likely would have played more if not for undergoing an appendectomy late in the year. Smith...
Minus Josh Sitton, Dolphins’ offensive line holds up vs. Jets

Minus Josh Sitton, Dolphins’ offensive line holds up vs. Jets

There couldn’t be anything worse for the Dolphins’ offensive line than to lose bear-sized left guard Josh Sitton, their crucial free agent acquisition, one week into the season. That one hurts. But Adam Gase is making this the year of no complaining. He’s tried to purge what he saw as a defeatist attitude from Miami’s locker room, and this rough, resolute unit reacted to Sitton&rsquo...
Miami Dolphins Snap Conclusions: Who played a lot, who didn’t

Miami Dolphins Snap Conclusions: Who played a lot, who didn’t

The Dolphins are 2-0, which is the best start under Adam Gase in three years. Miami continues to use a variety of packages on offense and defense, and for that, Gase and defensive coordinator Matt Burke should be commended. Gase and Burke are aiming to employ players and schemes on a week-to-week basis, like the Patriots. And wouldn’t you know it, at the moment, the Dolphins are ahead of the...
Ryan Tannehill appears spry, nimble and peppy with 44 rushing yards, including game-dagger

Ryan Tannehill appears spry, nimble and peppy with 44 rushing yards, including game-dagger

The first play Ryan Tannehill ran against the Jets on Sunday was a run. As in, a Tannehill run. Tannehill took off around right end and gained 20 yards. “That was actually a bootleg pass,” Tannehill said. “They just did a good job of holding on to Danny Amendola on the backside there... There was no one there. So I just ran.” Run, Ryan, Run. With the game on the line and...
Miami Dolphins RB Frank Gore breaking records; surpassing expectations 

Miami Dolphins RB Frank Gore breaking records; surpassing expectations 

It’s sort of fitting that Frank Gore would become the NFL’s fourth all-time leading rusher while wearing a Miami Dolphins uniform. “It means a lot,” Gore said Sunday, after surpassing Curtis Martin in the Dolphins’ 20-12 defeat of the Jets. “I’ve been doubted my whole life, especially coming out of college, with the injuries I had.” Gore was born...
Dolphins LG Ted Larsen returns with ‘solid’ performance in memorable win over Jets

Dolphins LG Ted Larsen returns with ‘solid’ performance in memorable win over Jets

Ted Larsen has played nearly a decade’s worth of games in the NFL, been on two playoff teams and gotten within a game of the Super Bowl, so he has a high threshold for what qualifies as a memorable day. Plus, he’s not exactly known for being sentimental. But this one meant something. After the Dolphins demoted him in a way he believed to be unfair and him questioning just a week ago whether...
Dolphins defense humbles rookie Darnold in Jets’ home debut

Dolphins defense humbles rookie Darnold in Jets’ home debut

Coming into Sunday’s game, the Dolphins defense planned to be as aggressive as possible to rattle Jets’ rookie quarterback Sam Darnold and force turnovers through a ball-hawking attack. Mission achieved. The Dolphins forced three turnovers in an overall opportunistic, sturdy defensive effort that gave them a 20-12 victory at Met Life Stadium. Overall, Miami had three sacks, nine tackles...
Miami Dolphins: Why Albert Wilson orchestrated team photo celebration

Miami Dolphins: Why Albert Wilson orchestrated team photo celebration

Albert Wilson crouched down with the football in the end zone, waited for all his teammates to join and posed for photographers to celebrate his touchdown. “It just makes it a team thing,” Wilson said after Miami’s defeat of the Jets. “It kind of takes the attention away from me and puts it on the team. It definitely turns out to be a good picture, to put up in the house.&rdquo...
Miami Dolphins’ DeVante Parker not sure why he didn’t play

Miami Dolphins’ DeVante Parker not sure why he didn’t play

As DeVante Parker was getting ready to leave the Dolphins’ locker room at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, he was asked if he could have played. “Yes,” Parker said. Parker was then asked if he had been told why he was not active for Miami’s 20-12 defeat of the Jets. “No,” Parker said. Parker is generally a man of few words. But it did seem he was a bit upset to not have...
Lieser: Adam Gase’s vision materializes in Dolphins’ 20-12 win over Jets

Lieser: Adam Gase’s vision materializes in Dolphins’ 20-12 win over Jets

This was Adam Gase’s blueprint coming to life. As Gase reconstructed the Dolphins’ personnel and redesigned their scheme over the last nine months, he was imagining a day just like this. Their skill players were too fast, their pass rush too powerful and their heavy hitters too vicious for the Jets to handle as Miami captured a 20-12 victory at MetLife Stadium. It wasn’t perfect...
Grading the 2-0 Miami Dolphins for their victory over the Jets

Grading the 2-0 Miami Dolphins for their victory over the Jets

The Dolphins are off to a 2-0 start via a 20-12 victory over the New York Jets in the Meadowlands on Sunday. Breaking down the victory: Ryan Tannehill reminded everyone how durable he was before the knee injuries by taking all kinds of shots (and getting sacked four times) but still standing in there and throwing a couple of TD passes for a 123.1 passer rating. He also toasted the Jets with his legs...
5 Instant Takeaways: Miami Dolphins 20, New York Jets 12

5 Instant Takeaways: Miami Dolphins 20, New York Jets 12

The Dolphins entered Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium as three-point underdogs, based largely on enthusiasm about the opening-week performance of the Jets’ rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. But Miami’s defense was resilient and Ryan Tannehill was efficient and the Dolphins beat the Jets, 20-12. The Dolphins are 2-0 for the first time in three years under Adam Gase. Here are five instant...
NFL all-time rushing leaders: Dolphins RB Frank Gore passes Curtis Martin

NFL all-time rushing leaders: Dolphins RB Frank Gore passes Curtis Martin

Dolphins running back Frank Gore continues to solidify his Hall of Fame worthiness this season and hit a new career landmark in today’s game at the Jets. With an 8-yard run in the third quarter, Gore overtook former New York running back Curtis Martin for fourth on the all-time rushing list. He came in with 14,087, just 14 shy of matching Martin, and had 16 on his first five carries against...
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